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Talks Virtual
Wed, Jan 26 | 5pm PT

Join us as we “talk about” Disney Animation’s newest film—Encanto (2021)—with Director Byron Howard, Director and Screenwriter Jared Bush, and and Producer Yvett Merino, and uncover how perspective and understanding, the universality of familial love, and the people, cultures, and music of Colombia

Main Museum Open Now

Open Thu–Sun, 10am–5:30pm

Updated August 11, 2021: In accordance with the current San Francisco Department of Public Health mandate and, to ensure a safe and comfortable visiting experience for all, The Walt Disney Family Museum will require all guests and staff to wear masks—regardless of vaccination status—while in museum spaces. Single fabric layer masks, such as gators, scarves, and bandanas, are not acceptable.

Please note: Proof of vaccination is not required to visit the museum galleries—only if attending an in-person program in the theater.

We continue to follow strict health and safety guidelines, detailed below. We appreciate your cooperation and will announce changes to our safety policy on this page.

We are thrilled to welcome you back to The Walt Disney Family Museum in the scenic Presidio of San Francisco. Experience Walt Disney’s uplifting life story showcased through our state-of-the-art galleries, which house hundreds of memorable artifacts, original artworks, and a spectacular miniature model of Disneyland.

To ensure entry, we encourage visitors to pre-purchase tickets before their visit.

We thank you for helping create an enjoyable experience for everyone and are happy to see you back at the museum soon.

May 18, 2017 – Jan 8, 2018
We are pleased to announce the premiere of our eighteenth original exhibition, Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle. On view from May 18, 2017 to January 8, 2018, this original retrospective showcases the life and work of Eyvind Earle. Earle is best known as the lead stylist for Walt Disney’s
May 16, 2019 – Feb 17, 2020
Celebrate animation’s most beloved and recognizable character with this original exhibition. Explore Mickey’s influence on art and entertainment over the past nine decades and the story of his origin, rise to fame, and enduring world-wide appeal.
May 18, 2016 – Jan 9, 2017

The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to present Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio. On view from May 18, 2016 to January 9, 2017, this never-before-seen exhibition created by the museum allows visitors to discover the artistic process and step behind-the-scenes to explore how one of the most

Mar 18, 2021–Jan 9, 2022
Immerse yourself in the compelling and multifaceted story of The Walt Disney Studios’ extensive contribution to the Allies’ World War II effort through an array of original artwork, film clips, photos, literature, and more.
Workshops Virtual
Sat, Feb 26 | 10:30am–noon PT

With the new year at hand, there are plenty of reasons to get together and cook a delicious feast. During this Studio Series, we will look at classic animated family gatherings and what makes each one unique. Using traditional hand-drawn animation, we will then animate a family cooking up a new


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Admission is free year-round for active, retired, and veteran military personnel, as well as their spouses and dependents with valid ID.

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Film Screenings

FREE for members
$5 with general admission or a member guest
$10 adults | $8 student and youth

Please note: Masks and proof of vaccination are required to attend in-person programming in our theater, including film screenings. Proof of vaccination is not required to visit the museum galleries. Please visit our Welcome Back page for more information.

Museum hours are 10am to 5:30pm with last entry at 4:30pm; the museum is open Thursday–Sunday, closed Monday–Wednesday, January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25. For further information about our hours or admission prices, please contact Ticket Desk at 415.345.6843. Operating hours are subject to change, please check our calendar prior to planning your visit.

Go SF and CityPASS: Guests with Go SF or CityPASS admission are currently unable to make a ticket reservation prior to their visit. Upon arrival at the museum, guests with Go SF or CityPASS admission must present their pass(es) at the main entrance to be accommodated for the next available admission time, which may require a minimal wait time. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Virtual Exhibition Open Now

“Conservation isn’t just the business of a few people. It’s a matter that concerns all of us. It’s a science whose principles are written in the oldest code in the world, the laws of nature. The natural resources of our vast continent are not inexhaustible. But if we will use our riches wisely, if

Talks Virtual
Fri, Jan 28 | 5:30pm PT

Join us for an in-depth discussion with author Bill Cotter about the beloved Disney television series Zorro as he shares the origins, production, and legacy of this iconic western saga.

Celebrate the season and kick off a new year with this special virtual experience for your private group. First, a live Storyteller tour guide will share heartwarming stories and festive games from Walt’s family traditions, then get creative with a museum-exclusive winter activity tutorial. Review the activity tutorial descriptions below and email events@wdfmuseum.org for availability.

Includes Mini Tour, Games, and Winter Activity Tutorial (see options below)

Duration: 1.5 hours

Posted on Thu, 12/30/2021 - 14:52

Upon its release in late 1942, the Disney cartoon Der Fuehrer’s Face became a smash hit in the United States, winning the Academy Award® for Best Short Subject in 1943. But the home front was not its only theater of action. Der Fuehrer’s Face went overseas, and served the war effort in more ways than one. “It was the most popular propaganda film we had,” Walt Disney told journalist Pete Martin in the 1950s. “It was put in all languages… They had it in the underground. [They] were running it and

Posted on Thu, 12/30/2021 - 14:46

When the United States entered World War II in 1941, Walt Disney had been busy challenging commonly-held perceptions about animated cartoons. A medium once largely relegated to novelty, Disney’s animated films offered drama and pathos along with humor and song. Walt spent more than a decade elevating the art form to new levels of technique, performance, and quality. In just a few short years, The Walt Disney Studios had created multiple feature films of astounding range and style—from Snow White

Virtual Fundraiser event proceeds support The Walt Disney Family Museum’s education programs, which provide arts and animation instruction to the next generation of creative talent. Proceeds also support the museum’s initiatives to provide scholastic opportunities to under-resourced young people, including its newest initiative, the At-Promise Youth Animation Academy, an intensive animation-focused jobs-training program for high school students experiencing economic and social disadvantages.

For more information on the At-Promise Youth Animation Academy, see our September 2021 Update.


As employees of The Walt Disney Family Museum, we strive to achieve and perpetuate the values that Walt held important in his work and his life. We believe that to achieve the level of quality associated with Walt Disney, each person, as an individual and as part of a cohesive team, contributes toward delivering a quality experience to every visitor to The Walt Disney Family Museum.


Department: Museum Store

Location: San Francisco

Status: Part-Time

Date: January 2022

FLSA Code: Non-Exempt

Hours: 20–23 hours, 3 days/week (Thursday–Sunday)

Rate: $20/hour

Benefits: Eligible


The Walt Disney Family Museum’s Advisory Committee is made up of extraordinary individuals, each with a substantial list of remarkable personal and professional achievements. Their combined insight, experience, and vision provide important strategic guidance for the museum in carrying out its mission and expanding its outreach and impact. Constituted in April 2015 to complement the museum’s Board of Directors, the Advisory Committee comprises the following distinguished members:

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Jan 29 | 10:30am–noon PT

Spending time with our pets has a magical way of brightening our life. Few such scenes compare to the iconic Christmas scene from Lady and the Tramp (1955) in which a hat box is opened to find a sweet puppy inside, ready to be loved. Join us as we dig into the history of dogs in animation and their

Posted on Mon, 12/20/2021 - 14:33

In the spirit of the season, the museum has in its collection a string of lights featuring delightful Disney Christmas artwork.